Mahindra, Ford sign pact for powertrain sharing, connected car solutions

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on October 17, 2018 Published on October 17, 2018

Mahindra Group and Ford on Wednesday signed two definitive agreements for powertrain sharing and connected car solutions. The latest development marks strengthening of the ongoing alliance further between the two auto makers.

Under the powertrain sharing agreement, Mahindra Group will develop and supply a low-displacement petrol engine to Ford India for use in its present and future vehicles, starting in 2020.

According to a company statement, the BS VI-compliant powertrain will help Ford extend and strengthen its existing offering of petrol engines, that currently includes the all-new 3-cylinder TiVCT family.

“Today’s announcement further builds on the commitments made so far, leading to a fruition of exciting new opportunities. Going forward we will continue to identify the synergies that exist between the two companies,” said Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.

As part of their objective to co-develop a suite of connected car solutions, Mahindra and Ford will jointly develop a telematics control unit. Once developed, the connected vehicle solutions will be deployed across both Mahindra and Ford vehicles.

“We are pleased with the progress our teams have made since we announced our strategic alliance with Mahindra Group a year ago. With our collaboration in powertrain and connected car solutions, we will deliver an affordable portfolio and enable our Indian consumers,” said Jim Farley, Ford Executive Vice-President and President of Global Markets.

Both the companies also indicated that they continue to make progress on the remaining MoUs signed earlier this year. This include leveraging their respective strengths on product development for India and emerging markets, including co-development of compact SUVs and electric vehicles.

The strategic alliance between the two companies was announced in September 2017 and both the companies had signed five agreements in March 2018.

Published on October 17, 2018
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